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Singer Charlie Puth says he was ghosted by Ellen’s short-lived record label

Singer Charlie Puth says he was ghosted by Ellen’s short-lived record label
Charlie Puth with Ellen DeGeneres on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" in AprilPhoto: Screenshot

Singer-songwriter Charlie Puth is sharing his experience of being essentially ghosted by Ellen DeGeneres’s short-lived record label.

Shortly after the out talk show host co-founded eleveneleven in 2010, Puth was signed to the label and appeared on The Ellen DeGeneres Show. But he left the label in late 2012.

On a recent episode of Rolling Stone’s podcast Rolling Stone Music Now, Puth responded to out singer-songwriter Greyson Chance’s recent description of working with Ellen by describing his own experience with eleveneleven.

“We both have different experiences, me versus Greyson,” Puth said. “But I do agree with him that no one was present, certainly, after the creation of my first demo EP. Not putting any blame on one person, but from a collective… All the people that were in that room, they just disappeared. I didn’t hear from anybody.”

Chance recently told Rolling Stone that DeGeneres exerted intense control over his early career after signing him as the first artist on her newly created label in 2010. He described DeGeneres as “manipulative,” “self-centered,” and “blatantly opportunistic.” After his music started underperforming, he said he felt “completely abandoned” by DeGeneres.

Puth, on the other hand, stopped short of criticizing DeGeneres herself. He appeared on The Ellen DeGeneres Show in April, during its final season.

“People describe Ellen as rude,” he said. “I’ve never experienced that. Maybe she likes me.”

DeGeneres ended her long-running syndicated daytime talk show earlier this year, following allegations of a toxic workplace environment behind the scenes.

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